Beth and Duane danced round their emotions for each other lengthy after their fateful assembly in 1988. “I used to be the opposite lady by three wives,” Beth instructed Rosie O’Donnell throughout a December 2011 look on OWN’s The Rosie Show. “Two wives, and one actually good girlfriend,” Beth clarified. Way to maintain it actual, lady.
Once the 2 lastly bought their act collectively someday in 1995, they loved a interval of bliss and the start their youngsters, Bonnie and Garry. Things had been so good between the pair, they bought hitched on the Hilton lodge on Waikoloa Village in Hawaii, in accordance with Today. But in the future earlier than the May 20th, 2006 marriage ceremony was set to happen, Duane’s daughter from a earlier relationship, 23-year-old Barbara Katie Chapman, died in a automotive accident.
Barbara and the automotive’s driver, Scott Standefer II, died when their their stolen SUV crashed into an embankment close to Fairbanks, Alaska. “There isn’t any clue as to why they left the roadway,” Alaska State Trooper Jeremy Stone mentioned, in accordance with The Washington Post. “There are completely no skid marks on the highway. They simply went off the highway, hit an embankment and launched.”
“(Barbara) had gotten herself right into a horrible mess,” Barbara’s mother, Lyssa Chapman added (by way of The Washington Post). “She was making an attempt as laborious as she might to place her life again collectively.”
Despite the tragic circumstances, Beth and Duane — together with their surviving youngsters — determined to proceed with the ceremony.